Our Mission: To produce divine artisanal vegan cheeses for all fine food lovers, using age-old traditional methods and the finest organic Oregon hazelnuts prepared with the highest level of craftsmanship, compassion, and consciousness.
When I think about artisanal cheese making, my first thought is always of a cheese monger at a busy street market in the times of the Renaissance. She has on an apron and her hair is covered with a white cloth. Her wares are neatly displayed, wrapped in brown paper, tied with strand of twine. She’s in the middle of a sale with the local vintner who always buys from her because her cheeses are the finest and pair best with his famous wines.
The Renaissance cheese monger has a deep relationship with the land around her because if the land is in trouble, her livelihood is threatened. She knows her neighbors and her understanding of community is wide, because she depends on the connections she makes within her community to survive. She works hard to make the best quality product that she can because of her passion for her trade.
All aspects of our cheese making methods hearken back to a time when products were made by skilled workers, artisans, workers who used old and time tested recipes, workers who knew their trade like the back of their hands. And yet, while we always honor the wisdom of the past, our product also brings a breath of new life and compassion to the traditional methods by making the shift from dairy cow milk to fresh hazelnut milk. Like the Renaissance cheese monger, we deepen our connection to our community by purchasing organic hazelnuts from Meridian Hazelnut Farm, a 48 year-old family farm right here in our Emerald Valley.
The alchemical processes that are required to make liquid milk into solid cheeses are different with hazelnut milk and dairy milk. It took me a year of experimentation to get the exact recipe right, toiling over a bubbling pot, stirring, measuring, timing the addition of ingredients down to the second. The secrets are in the details, but overall we use the most basic of all cheese making formulas to release the smooth, rich cream from the fibrous cellulose of the hazelnut. We make our cheese the way cheese has been made for thousands of years and we do it without exploiting animals. We feel that the time has arrived to spiral upward in evolution, to bring a new wave of compassion and consciousness to these processes.…and all that passion and love of the trade is evident in our final insanely delicious product.
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Times are changing and people are becoming more and more aware of the effects their individual choices make on the whole interconnected organism that is our world. Organic hazelnut milk means less exploitation of other living animals, less strain on our already overtaxed environment, and better health for you, the compassionate consumer.
Our cheese will be available at the Eugene Farmer’s Market in June of 2014 and other venues , stores and restaurants as we grow!